A DANCE OF MANNERS
Here are five appealing stories set
in Regency times, with delightful characters and interesting plots, though some stories ignore the societal rules
of the time.
In Breeding's "Enchanted Journey," an invitation to a Regency actors' ball sends Ashley Bouvier back to 1811 and in love with the Earl of Tiverton, Andrew Colton. An inheritance has 17-year-old Ellen Spencer dreaming of entrance to Almack's, but falling for gentleman farmer Roderick Benton in Hatton's "The Farmer's Son." When William DeBohun in "A Passage to Summer" by Bowen first meets Megara in the woods, he is sure she is a faery, and can't believe she's Lady Megara Ivers.
Lady Kitty English, a duke's daughter, is attracted to a coachman, only to discover he's much more than he seems in Flanders' "Royal Watercolors." When American Cassandra Davenport, catches the eye of James, Duke of Sandringham, her family is not happy. Especially since the duke was supposed to ask for her cousin's hand in marriage in Ahlers' "Wishes in April." (Highland, May, 243 pp., $11.99)